Hoya Retusa (8" pot)
+ Comes in an 8" plastic container with hanger.
Originally from India. This is probably one of oddest looking Hoyas on the market, in fact, if we were being completely honest, it resembles cascading grass more than a hoya; But once it blooms, there is no mistaking its waxy white flowers that pepper its strands. This is also not a typical climbing Hoya, but is perfect for a hanging basket as it likes to cascade its flat long leaves. Considered a cold hardy Hoya, these love having temps in the 50s at night, which trigger its blossoms.
CLASSIFICATION / GENUS:
Apocynaceae / Hoya
Hoya Retusa / Indian Hoya / Grass Hoya / Small Leafed Hoya
Can grow up to 10-12 feet in length, great in a hanging basket.
Prefers outdoor zones 10-11. Loves to have night time temperatures in the 50s, considered a cold hardy hoya, the low temps trigger it to blossom.
Relatively low maintenance
Hoya Retusas prefer bright indirect and sometimes direct sunlight (up to 4 hours).
Hoyas in general do not like to be oversaturated, with that said, the Hoya Retusa also does not like to be completely dried out, so make sure you have a semi damp soil. It also prefers to have misting along its trails. As it comes from a high humidity climate, make sure it continues to get this type of moisture, or it will begin to yellow and dry out.
A well draining soil is essential for all Hoyas. For the Retusa use a 50% regular potting soil (or coir) + 25% perlite, too much large bits in the soil do not work well with this plant, as it has very tiny roots along its vines.
DOES IT FLOWER?
Yes. They blossom little white wax flowers all over the plant. Usually blooming in fall, it is rumored to have a slight lemon smell to its flowers. They have small little peduncles on their vines, so be sure not to cut these off, otherwise it will affect future flowering.
IS IT POISONOUS/TOXIC?
All Hoyas are considered toxic (as they produce sap similar to the milkweed), but not necessarily poisonous, the amount of ingestion varies from animal, but on a whole the ASPCA regards them as safe to have around pets and children.
CAN IT BE PROPAGATED FROM CUTTINGS?
Yes. But propagating a Retusa is not for the faint of heart, it is considered one of the more difficult hoyas to propagate, as its nodes are incredibly tiny, and the likeliness of it successfully rooting can be slim. It is easier to take plugs from a more mature plant, than grow directly from the strands.
Common Pests: Spider Mites/ Common diseases: root rot. / Most common demise of this plant is letting it dry out too much between waterings or overwatering it.
WINTER TRAVEL: PLEASE MAKE SURE TO PURCHASE A HEAT-PACK (FOUND WITHIN OUR STORE) IF THE PLANT IS TRAVELING IN BELOW 50 DEGREE WEATHER.